UCLA's Drake Stadium Hosts 2005 Pac-10 T & F Meet This Weekend

May 11, 2005

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Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track & field team, the defending NCAA Outdoor National Champions and for the second week in a row ranked No. 2 in the U. S. by Trackwire, this weekend (May 14-15, Saturday-Sunday) will host the 2005 Pac-10 Championships at Drake Stadium. It's the 19th annual for women/75th for men. Scoring is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Following the results of the 2005 Pac-10 Multi-Events, held at Drake Stadium last weekend (May 7-8) - Washington State sophomore Julie Pickler won the heptathlon (personal-best 5,569, NCAA automatic qualifier) - here are the team scores going into this weekend's championship event -
1. Washington State 20
2. California/Oregon 6
4. UCLA 4
5. Washington 3

Meet Preview
On Saturday/May 14 (nine field event finals/four running event finals), the men's hammer starts at 10:30 a.m., other field events begin at 1 p.m. and the running events start at 1:20 p.m. (and conclude with the women/men 10,000m at 5:30 p.m.). On Sunday/May 15 (all finals), the women's hammer begins at 10:30 a.m., the rest of the field events at 12:45 p.m. and the running events at 1:30 p.m. (concluding with the women/men 4 X 400m relays at 5:15 p.m.).

Tickets are $12 (adult all-session pass), $7 (youth all-session pass and adult single session pass) and $5 (youth single session pass). For ticket information, please call 310-UCLA-WIN (310-825-2946).

Fox Sports, with Barry Tompkins, Dwight Stones and Tom Feuer, will delay a two-hour television show on - May 21 (FSW2-noon/FSW-2 p.m.), May 22 (FSW2-5 p.m.)

UCLA Women
Under Bolden, the Bruin women have won the Pac-10 title eight consecutive seasons. In her 12 years as the Bruin head coach, she has led UCLA to 10 conference team crowns in the last 11 seasons.

The Bruins return four event champions - senior Monique Henderson, who won a gold medal last summer in Athens on the U. S. 4 X 400m relay, in the 200m (best time this season 22.86) and 400m (best time this season 50.91- only the second woman in Pac-10 meet history to win both events) and ran the anchor on both of UCLA's winning relays; senior Candice Baucham, two-time defending champion in the triple jump (best mark this season 44-6) and senior Jessica Cosby, Pac-10 record-holder (219-5) in the hammer throw.

In this week's Trackwire, there are five conference teams rated in the nation's Top 25 - No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 USC, No. 10 Washington State and No. 12 Arizona State.


Pac-10 Multi Events
Nastassja Hall Places Fifth with Lifetime Best 5,224 Points In the final day results at the 2005 Pac-10 Multi-Events (heptathlon/decathlon) held at UCLA's Drake Stadium - in the heptathlon, Bruin sophomore Nastassja Hall finished fifth with a lifetime best 5,224 points, picking up four team points for the UCLA women's team.

On the final day, the women competed in the long jump, javelin and 800m (Hall entered the final day in fifth-place). Hall had a lifetime best in the 800m, winning with a time of 2:16.76 (868 points); a lifetime best in the javelin (108-2, eighth-place/533 points) and she placed fifth in the long jump (18-1.50, 706 points). Her total of 5,224 points is an NCAA provisional qualifier. In 2004, Hall also placed fifth in the Pac-10 heptathlon, but with a lower point total (4,975, an improvement of 249 points).

Also competing for the Bruins was freshman Ingrid Kantola. Kantola, who came into Sunday's competition in 11th-place, finished the seven-event competition in 10th-place, with 4,324 points (a lifetime best). She finished ninth in the long jump (16-1.50w, 535 points), seventh in the javelin (108-09, 537 points) and ninth in the 800m (2:26.19, 741 points).

The 2005 Pac-10 heptathlon champion is Washington State sophomore Julie Pickler, who edged her twin sister, Diana, in the last event (800m), to win the competition with a lifetime best 5,569 points (NCAA automatic qualifier), to Diana's lifetime best of 5,563 points (NCAA automatic qualifier). Third-place went to California senior Brooke Meredith (5,446 points).

Entering the 800m, Diana Pickler led her twin sister, Julie, by 55 points (D. Pickler, 4,797/J. Pickler, 4,742). In the 800m, Julie Pickler placed third, in a lifetime best (2:19.73, 827 points) and her twin sister, Diana, finished sixth (2:24.31, 766 points).

On Saturday (May 7), UCLA split into two squads - the pole vaulters competing at the 64 th annual Modesto Relays and other Bruins competing at the evening Oxy Invitational at Eagle Rock.

Modesto Relays
In the invitational pole vault, junior Chelsea Johnson, the defending NCAA Outdoor champion and record-holder (15-0), placed 6 th (13-11.25). In the open vault, freshman Elizabeth Woepse no-heighted.

Several Bruin alumni also competed at Modesto-100m -
Sani Roseby, 10 th , 11.93
400m - Sheena Johnson, 4 th , 54.77
100mH - Michelle Perry, 1 st , 12.78; Sani Roseby, 2nd , 13.68
Pole Vault - Tracy O'Hara, 7 th , 13-5.25
Long Jump - Michelle Perry, 5 th , 20-5.25w; Shelia Burrell, 8th , 18-3.75; Sani Roseby, 10th , 17-6
Discus - Suzy Powell, 2 nd , 192-10

Oxy Invite
UCLA was led by sophomore Jenna Timinsky and freshman DeShanta Harris. Timinsky was the second-fastest collegian (third overall) in the 1500m (4:25.95, team leader, season-best, NCAA Regional Qualifier) and Harris was the top collegian in the 400m hurdles (fifth overall), with a personal-best time of 1:01.00.

Also competing for the Bruins were - in the 1500m - freshman Claire Rethmeier (6 th , 4:29.43, personal-best) and junior Sarah West (12 th , 4:41.35); in the 3000m steeplechase - sophomore Leslie Barrie (4 th , 11:26.14) and in the long jump, freshman Leslie Rychel (3 rd , 18-5).

-May 18 is the Salinas Throwers Invitational.
-May 27-28 are the 2005 NCAA West Regionals in Eugene and hosted by the University of Oregon. The Bruin women have won the first two West Region Championship team titles, in 2004 and 2003.
-On June 8-11 are the 2005 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships in Sacramento, CA. The Bruin women are the defending team champions.
-On June 23-26 Carson's Home Depot will host the 2005 USA T & F Senion/Junior Championships.

In collegiate track & field, there are two national rankings -Trackwire and the USTCA sponsored Team Power Ranking. Trackwire's National Top 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Div. I T & F teams. This ranking's methodology takes into account a variety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the outcome of the 2005 NCAA Div. I T & F Championships (June 8-11 at Sacramento, CA). The scores provided with the rankings indicate each team's projected score based on form charts for each NCAA event (entering last season's NCAA Outdoor, UCLA was ranked No. 1 and went on to win the 2004 NCAA Outdoor T & F team championship).

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